Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

No More Secrets for Council; Defence Force Told to Be Open about Exercises

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

No More Secrets for Council; Defence Force Told to Be Open about Exercises

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Byline: Adrian Taylor adrian.taylor@capnews.com.au

COUNCIL officers are to be told that they can no longer keep secrets from Mayor Brad Carter and the region's elected representatives.

aInformation officers glean in confidential meetings is council information. It doesn't belong to individuals,a Cr Carter said yesterday in a debate sparked by the refusal of officers to brief him on details of the upcoming Talisman Sabre war games at Shoalwater Bay. The mayor described how he had been embarrassed to go into discussions with the Parliamentary Secretary of Defence in Canberra aunder-prepareda.

aI was in a difficult and compromising situation,a he said.

Cr Carter received unanimous backing for his proposal to smash a bureaucratic agreement which chief executive Evan Pardon said had been in place for about 20 years.

Under the protocol Australian Defence Force discussions with council employees on matters such as use of Rockhampton Airport were classed as confidential and officers were told by the ADF they could not reveal those discussions to anyone . …

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